Russia's Labour Code updated to govern remote work
N 22 April 2013

Russia's Labour Code updated to govern remote work

Amendments to Russia's Labour Code governing the rights of remote workers came into force on 19 April. From now on, employers will have to sign the same labour  contracts with freelancers and employees working from home as they do with employees coming to the office.

The new law also allows the contract to be signed digitally via the Internet. The employer will then have to send a physical paper copy of the document to the new staff member. All papers will need to have electronic signatures on them, which can undermine the law's implementation, as companies will have to buy special software and electronic signature keys.

With advancement of the Internet, working from how becomes increasingly popular. Some sources say the number of freelancers and remote workers in Russia doubles every year, and the trend is expected to accelerate in the near future.